Bike Tripper

Have Bike, Will Travel
Rails-to-Trails, Paved Bike Trails

peace-bike-tripper

You are here > Home > New York State > Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
Reported: May 2017

biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Keuka Lake Outlet Trail... New York State Biking

In New York's Finger Lakes region, this well-maintained 7-mile trail is popular with hikers and bikers. The trail follows the stream (the "outlet") that connects Keuka Lake (at Penn Yan) and Seneca Lake (at Dresden). The ride is mostly wooded and serene, with scenic waterfalls. There are picnic tables and benches at both ends and along the way, plus several parking/access points. No really bad road crossings, but do be watchful particularly at Ridge Road.

Keuka Lake Outlet has an interesting history external, having been a link in the inland water route across New York State and power source for many mills. The trail is on an old railroad bed (which previously was a towpath) that runs between the natural stream and the remnants of the Crooked Lake Canal built in the 1830's. The remains of some of the 40 mills, 12 dams and locks can be seen along the trail.


Bike Map...
Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

View Larger Map external
Location: Penn Yan to Dresden, NY (See map)
Distance: 7 miles
Surface: Crushed stone, dirt; a short portion at Penn Yan is paved
Support and Advocacy:
Friends of the Outlet, Inc. external

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Shoreline Rentals external (Penn Yan)
Weaver's Bicycle Shop external (Penn Yan)

Biking on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
The trail is mostly downhill from Penn Yan to Dresden, with a mild incline. An easy ride with just a few steeper sections, though we flat-land Floridians found the return trip a bit wearing (starting from Dresden and biking uphill, then coasting back is an option). Scenic stream views, waterfalls and interesting historical stops along the way.
biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
Trail end at Penn Yan,
leaving Elm Street
Trail under
Main Street - paved
Along the trail - crushed stone Picnic pavilion at Seneca Mills - site of the first sawmill, 1789 Seneca Mills Falls
biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail biking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trailbiking, new york, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
Picnic area
off the trail
One of several parking areas along the trail Old manufacturing complex, waterfall at former lock Along the trail - single track dirt Trail end at Dresden approacing Seneca Street

Related Links:
Friends of the Outlet - Keuka Lake Outlet Trail external